Even longtime Stratford bookkeeper Charley Burnett couldn’t believe what he watched during the Bulldogs’ Class 2A District Tournament matchup with No. 2 Latta Saturday night inside the new Latta Panther Fieldhouse.

Stratford was limited to just one point in the third quarter, and that cold spell proved to be the difference as the Panthers powered past the Bulldogs 53-36.

“I can’t remember one of our boys teams ever scoring just one point in a quarter,” Burnett said.

Latta improved to 21-4 on the year, while Stratford slipped to 16-8.

In the girls contest, Latta bolted to a 28-9 halftime lead and kept the pressure on in a convincing 62-28 win.

“It’s always nice to get that district tournament win, no matter how much you win by,” Latta head coach David Tinkler said.

The eighth-rated Latta girls improved to 18-7, while Stratford fell to 13-10.


Latta 53, Stratford 36

Latta led 23-19 at halftime before outscoring the Bulldogs 15-1 in the huge third quarter that turned a close game into a rout.

“Our defensive pressure was a little better,” Latta head coach Donnie Husband said. “We pushed them out a little farther, and that made those entry passes a little harder to make.”

The Stratford offense went 0-for-8 from the field and made just one free throw (by Josh Waller at the 3:26 mark) during the eight-minute drought.

Kade Hayes scored on a fast break for Latta at the 5:30 mark — the first field goal of the quarter — and Panther post player Derek Epperly then hit back-to-back shots inside and converted a three-point play to extend the LHS lead to 30-19.

After Waller's free throw, Ryan Stockton drained a baseline jumper, Carter Kessinger sank a 3-pointer and Hayes scored again on a drive to the basket to put Latta on top 38-20 heading into the fourth quarter. Stratford got no closer than 16 the rest of the way.

Stratford had the early upper hand, grabbing a 12-7 lead after a 3-pointer by Jon Golden at the 3:47 mark of the first quarter.

After a time out, Latta got a jumper in the lane by Brady Johnson, a steal and layup by Hayes and a leaner in the lane from Brogan Cantrell that gave the hosts a slim 13-12 lead heading into the second period.

Trailing 18-14 after a 3-pointer by Johnson, Stratford scored five straight points — capped by a putback from Brenton Willingham after a steal by Golden — that gave the Bulldogs a 19-18 lead. 

Latta regained the lead after a 3-pointer by Treston Tully and a bucket by Johnson to end the first half.

Hayes finished with 13 points to lead a balanced Latta offense. Tully and Epperly both scored 10, while Johnson and Kessinger added seven points apiece. Epperly pulled down nine rebounds, while Tully and Hayes had three steals each.

Cade Savage finished with six points, 10 rebounds and two steals to pace Stratford. Golden hit a pair of 3-pointers to total six for the Bulldogs, while Waller and Willingham added five points apiece.

The Panthers advance to meet No. 20 Wewoka in a 2A Regional winner’s bracket contest Thursday night at the Latta Panther Fieldhouse, while Stratford battles local rival Konawa in an elimination game at 3 p.m. Thursday.


Latta 62, Stratford 28

The Lady Panthers delivered the final knockout blow by outscoring Stratford 24-5 in the third quarter to watch their lead balloon to 52-14 heading into the fourth period.

“I’m proud of our girls for playing hard the entire time. They never quit,” said Stratford head coach Jason Fulks.

Shelbey Parnacher led Latta with 12 points, while Laramie Edens and Sydney Brinlee scored 10 points each. Nelania Baker and Taryn Wood contributed seven points each to the LHS attack.

Cheyenne Weast scored 12 points to pace the Lady Bulldogs, who were limited to just five field goals in the contest but made 18-of-23 free-throw attempts. Weast finished 8-of-9 from the charity stripe.

Stratford scored just a single field goal by Leah Parker in an 11-2 Latta second-quarter surge.

The Lady Panthers will now play Healdton at home at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in a 2A Regional winner’s bracket game, while Stratford and Konawa will tangle in a 1:30 p.m. elimination contest.


Saturday’s Games



At Latta


Latta 53, Stratford 36

STRATFORD 12   7   1 16  —  36

LATTA 13 10 15 15  —  53

STRATFORD: Jon Golden 2-5, 0-0, 6; Cade Savage 2-6, 2-6, 6; Josh Waller 0-3, 5-6, 5; Brenton Willingham 2-7, 0-0, 5; Duke Davenport 1-3, 1-2, 4; Chase Bradstreet 1-3, 2-2, 4; Matt Blackburn 1-1, 0-0, 3; Bobby Cothren 0-2, 2-4, 2; Landon Anderson 0-0, 1-2,1. Totals: 9-32, 13-22, 36.

LATTA: Kade Hayes 5-10, 0-1, 13; Derek Epperly 4-9, 2-5, 10; Treston Tully 3-12, 3-3, 10; Brady Johnson 3-6, 0-0, 7; Carter Kessinger 3-5, 0-0, 7; Brogan Cantrell 1-2, 0-0, 2; Ryan Stockton 1-1, 0-0, 2; Walter Chandler 1-2, 0-0, 2. Totals: 21-50, 5-9, 53.

Turnovers: Stratford 15, Latta 10.

Steals: Stratford 4, Latta 10 (Tully 3, Hayes 3).

Rebounds: Stratford 33 (Savage 10); Latta 29 (Epperly 9).

3-point goals: Stratford 5-13 (Golden 2-3, Willingham 1-4, Davenport 1-3, Blackburn 1-1); Latta 6-14 (Hayes 3-7, Kessinger 1-3, Johnson 1-3, Tully 1-1).

Fouled out: Waller (S).





At Latta


Latta 62, Stratford 28

STRATFORD 7 2 5 14  —  28

LATTA 17 11 24 10  —  62

STRATFORD: Cheyenne Weast 12, Leah Parker 6, Morgan Tice 3, Vanessa Cothren 3, Carley Roberts 2, Madison Gaines 1, Carlie Etheridge 1.

LATTA: Shelbey Parnacher 12, Laramie Edens 10, Sydney Brinlee 10, Nelaina Baker 7, Taryn Wood 7, Krisha Young 5, Shiann Henderson 3, Mycah Lynch 2, Anna Wood 2, Diamond Hill 2, Maria Priest 2.

3-point goals: Wood  (L).

Fouled out: None.

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